The Fort Lauderdale Strikers led visiting Minnesota United FC 2-0 at halftime having shocked the league leaders with two goals inside the opening quarter of an hour before play was suspended for 64 minutes due to rain and lightning.
Mark Anderson’s second minute shot crept in off the inside of the far post and then after 14 minutes David Foley pounced on a defensive lapse and doubled the previous winless Strikers’ advantage before the storm closed in.
“We’ve got to do better. It’s not good enough to compete in this league and if we want to get a result in this game we need to dig deep,” said United FC coach Manny Lagos. “We have to regroup just as we did during the time for the weather delay, but right now it’s not good enough.”
Striker coach Daryl Shore made several changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 27 as on-loan Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella replaced the injured Cody Laurendi, while Scott Gordon and Walter Restrepo returned to the starting lineup.
“We came out and were good with the ball and were able to get behind their defensive line and we had a lot of good momentum, but then we had the break because of the lightning,” said Shore.
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